Active in the arts? Farmington Hills wants to hear from you

The City of Farmington Hills wants to hear from Farmington area artists, through the very first Farmington/ Farmington Hills Creative Census.

Conducted with support from the Farmington Area Arts Commission and the Farmington Community Arts Council, the census aims to reach and collect information from individuals and organizations active in visual arts and crafts, arts administration and education, dance, design, film, literary arts, music, theatre and performing arts.

“The Creative Census will help us connect with area artists and arts and cultural organizations,” the city’s Cultural Arts Supervisor Rachel Timlin said in a press release. “Information collected will help us advocate for the creative sector in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area, and will be used to develop pertinent creative programs for our cities.”

The survey, which should take about five minutes to complete, covers basic demographic information and includes questions related to the availability of rehearsal and performance space, support services for artists, familiarity with local arts organizations, and more.

“It’s important that we hear from everyone involved in our Farmington/Farmington Hills creative community. For example, if you live in Novi, but teach art classes on a regular basis in Farmington Hills – we want to hear from you, too,” said Timlin, “We are looking for information from arts and culture hobbyists, amateurs, students, semi-professionals and professionals.”

“There is so much potential for networking, collaboration and growth in our creative community, but we need to know what you do and how to connect with you in order to facilitate and encourage that,” she added.

The Creative Census survey launched July 19 and closes on December 31, 2016. To take the survey, go to